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Samsung Says Not Involved in Israeli Ad That Has Iran Upset

Samsung said on Monday that it had no part in creating an Israeli ad that shows one of its tablets disabling an Iranian nuclear facility.

“Samsung Electronics is aware of a recent news report in Iranian media regarding an advertisement aired by HOT cable network of Israel,” Samsung said in a statement to AllThingsD. “This advertisement was produced by HOT cable network without Samsung’s knowledge or participation.”

Iran is apparently none too happy about the ad, with lawmakers reportedly considering a ban on Samsung products, under the assumption that Samsung was responsible for the ad.

Samsung, however, was responsible for a poorly received Galaxy Note ad that aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl, with the Twittersphere not taking too well to either the spot or the device.

Here is the Israeli ad in question:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik